After the death of Portuguese rider Paulo Gonçalves in the course of the seventh stage of the rally-RAID “Dakar” held on the road in Saudi Arabia, the organizers canceled the eighth stage of the race in class motorcycles and ATVs.
As previously reported Вести.Ru, gonçalves died of a heart attack after falling off his motorcycle Sunday, January 12. “Paulo enjoyed great respect among both veterans and less experienced participants, who admired and inspired. After meeting with the riders, the organizers decided to cancel the eighth stage in the class of motorcycles and ATVs, to give participants the opportunity to honor the memory of his friend,” — said the organizers.
For Gonçalves “Dakar-2020” was the 13th in his career gesicki, in 2015, he became the second winner of the race, and three times finished in the top ten contestants of motorcyclists. Monday, January 13, the eighth stage will take place only for cars, buggies and trucks.